Hobbits Invade Canada

3/26/2006 4:59 PM PST

Hobbits Invade Canada

In an attempt to put Toronto back on the international theatrical landscape, on par with New York and London, the city has premeired the most expensive musical of all time -- a $27 million (U.S.) production of J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Lord of the Rings.'

The three-and-a-half hour production features 55 actors, 500 pieces of armor, 17 elevators, a rotating floor, and flying characters; it has taken over four years to produce. Toronto is hoping the production will revitalize tourism in the city, following its sharp drop due to the SARS scare back in 2003.

The world premiere production will run exclusively in Toronto until at least 2007; the next production will be in London. If there's going to be a New York production, or a tour, it woudn't take place until 2008.